African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Angelina Weld Grimke, "The Black Finger" (1925)

I have just seen a most beautiful thing
Slim and still,
Against a gold, gold sky,
A straight black cypress,
A black finger
Pointing upwards.
Why, beautiful still finger, are you black?
And why are you pointing upwards?

Published in Survey Graphic, March 1925
Also published in The New Negro, 1925

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